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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Deadly Bed

West tries to meet with Captain Jackson, who has discovered something that imperils the nation. After some difficulty, West finds the man seconds before a bomb kills him. West's only clue is the dying man's last word - "Flory" - and his concern over large amounts of coal.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 3224-0109
Airdate: Friday September 24th, 1965

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Guest Stars
J.D. Cannon
As Flory
Barbara Luna
As Gatita

Co-Guest Stars
Danica D'Hondt
As Roxanne
Don Diamond
As Bartender
Anna Shin
As Marguerita

Bill Catching
As Angelo
Bob Herron
As Captain Jackson
Dale Van Sickel
As Guitar Playing Thug
John Hudkins
As Guard
Main Cast
Robert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


The episode opens in a warehouse strewn with all manner of items. A uniformed man, a military captain, enters and begins to study the contents. From behind a corner, an Oriental woman watches him. The man opens a wine crate; the woman lifts the glass dome from a clock and sets the hands to twenty minutes before twelve. As the captain pours himself a glass of wine, the woman starts the clock and replaces its glass dome...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:

Upper right: Spikes descend on West!
Upper Left: Flory holding a wineglass.
Lower Left: Jim about to get his chimes rung on a giant gong.
Bottom Right: The Wanderer pulls away

Episode Quotes
Flory: You won’t have to worry about that after tomorrow, Mr. West… after tomorrow, you will be dead.

Flory: Do not ask for whom the bell tolls! It tolls for thee!

Flory: You have destroyed my dream! Can I do less than destroy you?!?

James: There just isn’t any room for Napoleons any more.

Cultural References
Do not ask for whom the bell tolls
This quote, used by Flory in connection with his water clock death trap, comes from a John Dunne poem. Dunne wrote the line to suggest the essential connection men have to each other, but Flory does not use it that way here. The line is quoted often because of the imagery it conjures.

James West is Señor Flory's prisoner for much of the episode. Flory devises far-fetched death traps that Jim rather easily evades. First he tries to ring Jim to death with a giant gong, and when West escapes that trap, he deliberately shoots a capsule of sleeping gas instead of Jim, to incapacitate the agent so that he may dispatch him by tying him to a locomotive. Interaction between Flory and another character suggests a strong sadistic streak, a weakness that ultimately leads to Flory's death at West's hands.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerFred Freiberger
Associate ProducerRichard Landau
CastingJames Lister (2)
Unit Production ManagerCy Brooskin
MusicRobert Drasnin
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyTed Voigtlander
Art DirectorAlbert Heschong
Film EditorGrant Smith
Assistant DirectorDick Gallegly
Assistant To The ProducerDon Leonard
Warning: The Wild Wild West season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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